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Calendar of Events
Title
Date
Friday, March 24, 2017
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Feeling creative? Come to the Library for our all day, drop-in craft extravaganza!

For children and families.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, March 24, 2017
Time
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Description
Calling all princesses! Join us for princess filled stories, songs, crafts, and treats. If you like, come dressed as a princess.

For children ages 2 and up
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
You can visit with Library staff at Read in the Market, an event at Urbana's Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana. Enjoy a story on the Magic Reading Carpet, learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read in the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Urbana Business Association.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Description
Josie Heck will share relaxation and bonding exercises with moms and babies. Please bring a towel or blanket.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Let's help change our world through intentional kindness and make ceramic hanging wind chimes. Be Kind Illinois, which is part of the Ben's Bells Project, is calling on young artists to participate.

For children of all ages (7 and under with an adult).
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, March 27, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Come to this evening story time with stories, songs, and a craft!

For children ages 3-6 and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Library staff at school battle
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time
1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Library staff at school battle
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Description
Library staff at school battle
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time
1:45 PM - 1:45 PM
Description
Library staff at school battle
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Time
5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, March 31, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, March 31, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Library staff at Battle of the Books at UMS
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Time
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Description
Saturday, April 1 • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 2 • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lincoln Square Village
100 West High Street
Urbana, IL

All aboard! View operating model railroad layouts in all popular gauges. There will be a wide variety of railroad and model railroad merchandise and books for sale from vendors throughout the Midwest. Watch the trains, then stop by The Urbana Free Library to check out books and videos on trails and models. Free admission.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club



Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Description
Saturday, April 1 • 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 2 • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Lincoln Square Village
100 West High Street
Urbana, IL

All aboard! View operating model railroad layouts in all popular gauges. There will be a wide variety of railroad and model railroad merchandise and books for sale from vendors throughout the Midwest. Watch the trains, then stop by The Urbana Free Library to check out books and videos on trails and models. Free admission.

Co-sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Midwest Central Railroad Club
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall.You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Monday, April 03, 2017
Time
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
You’re invited to join hundreds of fellow treasure seekers at one of the most anticipated events of the season! Members of the Friends have access to a special preview on Thursday evening (no electronic devices for scanning will be permitted on preview night).

Not a member yet? Join ONLINE or download the handy membership form, which you can drop in the mail or turn in at any library service desk.

Each year, the Friends hold massive sales of great used books in spring, summer, and fall. You can also browse a selection of gently used books year-round at The Urbana Free Library Cafe and Friends Book Shop.

Thursday, 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. (members only)
Friday & Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (regular-price sale)
Sunday, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. (half-price sale)
Monday, 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. (free giveaway)
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Urbana elementary school students will be displaying their creative art in Children's Services from April 4 - 16. Come see what these young artists have been working on.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Description
Monthly meeting
Location
The Satterthwaite Conference Room (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Time
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Description
Chambana Weather Meteorologist and Storm Chaser Andrew Pritchard takes a modern look at tornadoes. We'll see amazing footage of tornadoes and also learn how to stay weather aware in the technology age. For all ages.

Andrew Pritchard grew up in Urbana, and has had his eye on the sky since his childhood. Now, with a degree in meteorology from Northern Illinois University, and 15 years of experience in chasing tornadoes across America's Heartland he's created Chambana Weather in an effort to keep Champaign-Urbana and surrounding communities weather-aware.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Friday, April 07, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Join us for a special Imbibe Urbana First Fridays event featuring the Library's amazing board game collection. Relax and play board games that you loved as a kid or discover a new classic. We challenge you not to have fun!

The Library will be open until 8:00 p.m. for this special Imbibe Urbana event!
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Bones Jugs presents an eclectic spin on American styles from bluegrass to ragtime. The band may feature xylophone, banjo, guitar, upright bass, jug, bones, clarinet, kazoos, whistles, horns, and washboard.... Good for listening, dancing, and foot tapping!

Prairie Breezes concerts are on the first Saturday of most months and are generously sponsored by Peggy and Bob Podlasek in memory of Greg Bliss.
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Time
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Description
Readings by members of the Red Herring Fiction Workshop, Champaign-Urbana’s longest-running writing workshop.

The Red Herring Fiction Workshop has been meeting at the Channing Murray Foundation on the University of Illinois campus every Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. since 1980. Writers at every level are welcome.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Description
Join us for this monthly drop-in program for all ages. Choose a game to play from the library's collection of board games for adults and families. We have some old classics like Go and Backgammon, as well as new favorites like deck-building Dominion and treasure-hunting Tobago. Never heard of 'em? No problem. We'll have staff and volunteers standing by to lead demonstrations of how to play. Grab a beverage at the cafe and spend an enjoyable afternoon playing games with friends at the library.
Location
The MacFarlane-Hood Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Come with your children to listen the book’s storytelling in English and Spanish, enjoy traditional songs, and make a craft!

Vengan con sus niños a escuchar la narración del libro en inglés y español, disfrutar canciones tradicionales, y hacer una manualidad!

This program is presented by the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Illinois.

Presentado por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CLACS), Universidad de Illinois.

For children of all ages and their families.
Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Sunday, April 09, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
RECITAL SERIES
Join us for a FREE recital series at The Urbana Free Library! Each recital starts at 2:00 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon and will feature solo performances by some of our UPO professional and student musicians.

Sunday, April 9
Robin Kearton, Viola with students from Community Center for the Arts


Sponsored by The Urbana Free Library and the Urbana Pops Orchestra


For more information about the Urbana Pops Orchestra go to http://www.urbanapops.org/
Location
The Busey-Mills Reading Room (First Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time
11:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Description
Library staff will answer questions and share resources at the Urbana School District's annual event to register children for kindergarten.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Description
Celebrate Spring - bunnies, chicks, eggs, and more - with Ms.Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time
10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Description
Celebrate Spring - bunnies, chicks, eggs, and more - with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Time
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Description
Celebrate Spring - bunnies, chicks, eggs, and more - with Ms. Teresa.

For children birth to 5 years old and their families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Come celebrate Earth Day a little early and make fun crafts from recycled materials. Let's get crafty while helping the environment!

This is a drop-in program for families.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
Come and explore Slavic tradition with stories, songs, and a craft. This program is presented by the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the UIUC. For children of all ages and their families.

Location
Megan's Reading Room (Children's Services)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
You can visit with Library staff at Read in the Market, an event at Urbana's Lincoln Square in downtown Urbana. Learn about programs, services, and what's new on the shelves.

Read in the Market is sponsored by The Urbana Free Library in collaboration with the Urbana Business Association.
Location
NONE
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Description
All art materials will be supplied - just bring your imagination and creativity to join local artist Brianna for a wonderful artistic journey. For children ages 4 and up.
Location
The Lewis Auditorium (Ground Floor)
Library
The Urbana Free Library

Title
Date
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Calling all kids! Join us on Saturday afternoons if you would like to learn to play chess or are looking for an opportunity to improve your skills.

For children ages 5 and up.
Location
Children's Services
Library
The Urbana Free Library

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For #1000BooksB4K information, click HERE .

Questions? Call Children's Services at 217-367-4069 or stop by the question desk.


Welcome to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten - a year-round reading program for children ages birth to five years. It's the fun, exciting, and free way to start children on the path to success.

One of the most reliable predictors of school success is being read to during early childhood. The Library would like to help support you as you prepare your child for kindergarten. Most importantly, sharing books with children promotes a lifelong love of books and reading.



Book prizes are funded by the Friends of The Urbana Free Library